Tourists visiting the Flamingo Marino in the Everglades National Park (before Hurricane Irma) had experienced an unusual problem with black vultures. After spending a day at the Flamingo Marino and returning to their car, they were astonished to see that the windshield wipers on their vehicle were destroyed. In fact, they were munched on by the black vultures. The question to be addressed is, “Why are they doing this?”
Well, according to Keith Bildstein, the director of conservation science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania has a theory about the black vulture’s behavior. Since Black Vultures feed in a social environment, the competition for choice morsels depends on the strength of the birds’ beaks and necks. Since rubber seals and wiper blades have similar consistency to dead animals’ muscles and tendons, the black vultures have turned the Everglades parking lot into their own private gym for exercising their beaks and necks. So, when one thinks about this bird having to fight for every morsel, it’s easy to understand why the black vulture needs to go into training.